Some advice please...

18 Feb 2015
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A bit of a novice question here but...

I recently had a room professionally decorated. The room was newly plastered with new pre-primed skirting, architraves, door frame and door installed. Given it was the first lick of paint the room was getting i thought i'd get a pro in as there was a lot of prep work involved i wasn't prepared (or had the time) to tackle.

The room looks great, but a few other trades have also been in recently (sequencing was unavoidable!) and left a few dirty hand marks on the walls and woodwork.

Am i safe to touch up the paintwork myself using the left over paints from the original job?

My main concern is that any new touch ups might dry to a slightly different shade. Is this likely?

The walls are painted in a Dulux Trade Flat Matt
The woodwork in a Dulux Trade Eggshell (water based)
The ceiling in a Dulux Trade light reflecting Matt
The floorboards in a F&B white floor paint

Any tips on how to achieve a seamless finish would be welcome thanks.
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The only tip I can give is to ensure you use the same painting technique as the original painter, brush, roller, pad etc, as touching up a roller finish for example with a brush will guarantee a noticeable patch.
is it possible to wash off grubby marks from dulux flat matt paint... or should i paint over them instead?
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I'm not sure what they are... appeared after the new sash windows were fitted so i presume dust, dirt and grease?!

Think i might give it a light wash and then paint over when dry...

Most likely grease from finger marks left by window fitter, no harm in trying to sponge off but I suspect you may end up with shiny marks on the matt.
Will these shiny marks be okay to paint over again if it happens? Or am i safer just painting over to begin with?

No you will not make it worse for painting, just more noticeable until you paint, so worth a try if you intend to have a go at touching up anyway rather that living with it.:)
One of my major gripes this, really doesn't take much effort to keep your hands clean and show a bit of respect for another trades work. My advice would be to ring the guy that did the painting and ask him if he can pop in and assess.

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